Flags flow, Opinicus stands tall during parade

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Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 50th SW command chief, applaud marchers during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. Leadership joined other military, including Schriever Airmen, who participated in the parade, to recognize military service members, both active duty and retired. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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A 50th Space Wing Opinicus statue is transported in the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. The Opinicus is part of the 50th SW emblem, which stems from the defunct 50th Pursuit Group (now 50th Operations Group) and its emblem, marking Schriever’s transition from “masters of the sky,” to “masters of space.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard heads a parade procession during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. The parade honored military service members, both active duty and retired. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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An eagle mascot leads the Rocky Mountain Eagles 101st Airborne Division procession during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. The event honored military service members, both active duty and retired. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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“Captain America” displays his patriotism during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. Patriot themes were prominent during the event, with participants and parade-goers showing their support for the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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A Vietnam veteran rides a tractor during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. War veterans from as far back as World War II participated in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Parade participants march in a variety of service uniforms during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. Historic uniforms were worn as a tribute to past service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Airmen and Canadian service members march in the “Flight of Flags,” during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. Schriever was one of the Front Range military installations to participate in the annual parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Parade participants in World War II attire ride in procession during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. Historic uniforms were worn as a tribute to past service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1075, parade participants display their patriotism during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. The parade honored military service members, both active duty and retired. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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The Colorado Spring’s Veteran’s Day Parade featured many participants, both man and animal. The parade highlighted “War Dogs,” as well as service dogs who assist disabled veterans and their owners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Parade onlookers display their patriotism during the Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4, 2017. Patriot themes were prominent during the event, with participants and parade-goers showing their support for the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Schriever Airmen, from a variety of ranks and squadrons, participated in the annual Colorado Springs Veteran’s Day Parade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov. 4.

The Schriever flight marched as part of the parade’s “Flight of Flags,” soon followed by a truck towing a statue of the 50th Space Wing Opinicus, complete with flashing red eyes.

Airmen, as well as Canadian service members, remained resilient while marching in the formation, braving strong winds, each carrying their own flag.

“Holding the flag was a challenge, but it was rewarding to see the people out there showing their support,” said Airman 1st Class Cory Winston, 50th Communications Squadron client systems technician and first-year parade participant. “I heard it was a good experience, and it was. As we got moving and saw everyone watching, it felt like we were representing something bigger than us - we were representing Schriever.”

Capt. Eshawn Rawlley, 50th Space Wing Judge Advocate’s office chief of military justice, also a first-year participant, said the chance to represent Schriever overshadowed the disagreeable weather.

“It was fun seeing kids running around waving American flags,” he said. “It makes your heart swell knowing the community cares about what we do and holds us in high regard.”

The parade featured a large procession of floats, marchers and bands that made their way down the Colorado Springs streets in tribute to military members, both active duty and retired.

 “There were a ton of people out there,” Winston said. “Being out there it definitely made me want to smile.”

According to the parade’s official website, the annual event, which started in 2000, is held to “honor all veterans and to educate and inspire community awareness, while paying tribute to the service and sacrifices all veterans have endured in pursuit of freedom.”

This year’s parade theme was “celebrating military milestones,” highlighting important military anniversaries such as the Air Force’s 70th Birthday, Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division’s hundredth year, 75 years of Navy Seabees, 170 years since the battle Chapultepec (the inspiration for the U.S. Marines Corps official “Marines’ Hymn”), 100 years since the U.S. entered World War I and 227 years since the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Past parade themes included last year’s “Women in the Military” (which featured an all-female Schriever Airmen formation participated in), “Pearl Harbor – 70 Years in Remembrance,” and “Veterans – The Unwavering Force.”

Rawlley expressed gratitude to be able to march and help strengthen Schriever’s connection to the local community.

“I would definitely do it again,” Rawlley said. “It’s important to uphold our image. We’re proud to be here, and the community is proud to have us. It’s a good feeling all around.”  

 

To find out more about the Colorado Spring’s Veteran’s Day Parade, go to the official website here.